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Congregational Life
Strengthening Congregations

Building Vibrant Congregations and Strong Communities

North American Jews and their families turn to congregations for their spiritual, emotional, educational, and communal needs, so healthy, adaptive, agile congregations are critical to Jewish life. Synagogues must be equipped to respond to the changing needs of the communities they serve, providing relevant and meaningful ways for people to learn, practice, and experience Judaism, as well as express their own Jewish identity.

The URJ helps congregations stay relevant and innovative, supporting them as they inspire people to live Jewishly, expand the ways they can do so, and identify, encourage, and train leaders who will innovate and advance congregational practices to attract and retain Jews and their families in long-time engagement in Jewish life. We connect congregational leaders to valuable experts and resources, as well as to in-person and virtual opportunities to learn, network, experiment, and innovate—always working to ensure congregations and communities are able to support their work over time.

Through the URJ's work with congregations, we further our other priorities of investing in the Jewish future, deepening Jewish learning and experiences, repairing the world, welcoming all, and connecting with Israel.

Moving to the Leading Edge: A URJ Resource and Discussion Guide to Move Your Congregation Forward
A URJ resource and discussion guide about current topics in congregational life. It provides inspiration for innovation and features articles and prompts for reflective conversations written by experts, URJ staff, and congregational leaders who are doing innovative work. This resource is now available in three volumes:

pub-preview-supplementary.pngNew Approaches to Supplementary Education in the Reform Movement
In recent years, a growing number of Reform congregations have experimented with new formats for their religious schools. This URJ census on supplementary education learning models creates a comprehensive snapshot of current innovations in congregational K-6 supplementary education programs in the Reform Movement. 


Knowledge Network Team

Your first stop for answers about congregational life, URJ offerings, and related matters. ​

The Tent

The Tent - Online Collaboration Tool for Reform Leaders

The communication and collaboration platform for leaders throughout the Reform Movement.

Communities of Practice

URJ Communities

CoPs convene cohorts of congregational leaders for long-term, innovative learning from experts.

Geographic Communities

The URJ Communities convene congregations in the same geographic area to connect and share best practices, resources, and support.

Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute offers a variety of training options that emphasize critical thinking and practical skills to inspire sacred action within Jewish communities.

Grants & Awards

Learn about the awards and grants given by the Reform Movement.

Congregational Benchmarking & Assessment Project

An opportunity for congregations to evaluate themselves in comparison with congregations of similar demographics, and act upon the data with the URJ as their partner.

Engaging Families with Young Children

Partnerships and programs to expand Jewish engagement for families with young children.

Repairing the World

Through advocacy campaigns, hands-on volunteering opportunities, and training for leaders, the URJ galvanizes people throughout North America to ensure religious freedom, pluralism, acceptance, and justice.

Audacious Hospitality

Expanding Our Reach

The focused effort to engage seekers in the sacred work of creating a world of wholeness, compassion, and justice.

Transition & Crisis Support

The URJ provides support to congregations for a wide range of situations, including clergy transitions, lay-clergy relationships, conflict and crisis management, and congregations considering a merger or collaboration.

Israel Engagement

Israeli Flags

The URJ works to bring Reform Judaism to Israel, and Israel to Reform Judaism through education, facilitated travel to Israel, and programming that fosters reflection and understanding.

Small Congregations

Resources and programs tailored for the needs of small congregations.

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications

Valuable resources for congregational communications plans.

Finance, Facilities & Administration

Find resources and support for managing your congregation.